Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

 I have been devouring Sheryl Sandberg’s book: “Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”

I have found it exhilarating and thoughtful. She talks about gender equities and inequities  in the workplace and home.  Her passion for this topic clearly comes through and her observations keen.  She tells on herself  with examples from her life. She is honest about her mistakes and successes.  A  risk most of us would not take. She is passionate about bringing about more women into high leadership positions.  Women making powerful choices that encourage them to live life passionately and to its fullest. She describes the struggles between juggling work, kids and home while maintaining a career that she loves and is demanding.  She celebrates the differences between genders and wishes that it becomes OK with the choices that are made. For example, women tend to be celebrated for prioritizing staying home with the kids, while men are generally not. 

 As COO of Facebook, she is playing at a level in the high tech world most of us can’t even imagine. Sheryl is in a position to help us as women in the workplace to make a change. Her career is nothing but stellar and for most of us unimaginable at the opportunities she has been a part of. 

But even with her high powered encounters the lessons learned and observations still relate to all women as we go through life negotiating our way through the workplace and with life.  
Men and women handle situations differently and her point is to recognize these differences and not to make women be more like men but to learn to strategically play in their world. And for men to not consider these differences to be signs of weakness or frailty. Gender bias is all around us and it is so deep in our culture we don’t even notice it many times. 
So, I just wanted to share this book with youall,  as consultants, bookkeepers,  accountants and entrepreneurs many of us are women. Her points can help us negotiate/recognize the various levels of bias we encounter in our business.  Finding the right persons to trust and mentor with,  learning to “lean in” to our work when necessary and when to set on the sidelines.  The main questions being not “Can I do it all” but “Can I do what’s important for me and my family?”  
In some ways our jobs are a bit tougher, because as consultants, we are placed in many differing situations where we must alter our strategies to accomplish our goals as we deal with different small business owners. 
This book was written before her husband Dave (CFO at SurveyMonkey) died. And her love and devotion to this man and her family clearly show through.  Since my husband works at SurveyMonkey, and we live in “the valley” ,this relationship has been close to us. 
Would love to hear her speak at QB Connect.

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